After 1994, as part of our democracy, SGBs were set up in our schools to ensure that every part of the school community had a say in the process of teaching and learning. As part of this democratisation process, learner’s organisations were also given formal legal status by means of the South African Schools Act (SASA) which states that a Representative Council of Learners (RCL) should be set up to represent the interests of the learners in every public school which has learners from Grade 8 and above. Being a member of an RCL are better able to take their place in society proudly because of the knowledge and skills gained by the programme.
Learners from Grades 8 to 12, who have been elected to form part of the RCL at their school. The RCL consists of two elected representatives from each class in a school – one male and one female. Single sex schools have just one representative from each class.
The learners learn about the functions of the office bearers as well as the tasks of the RCLs. They also deal with learner issues at their schools.
Being a member of an RCL encourages learners to become more civic-minded and take more interest in the governance of their schools.